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Marataba Safari Lodge, Marakele National Park

Visit Marataba, a 23 000ha private concession in the shadow of the Waterberg Mountains. Enjoy a malaria-free safari within the Big 5 Marakele National Park (Limpopo, South Africa). Luxurious canvas-and-stone tented suites offer private decks, outdoor showers, free-standing stone baths and complimentary sherry. Rate includes all meals, twice-daily game drives and free Wi-Fi. Game drives, nature walks, bird watching and star gazing ensure the best safari holiday ever.

When we discovered Marataba, we instantly knew we had found something very special. A 23 000ha piece of unspoilt Africa within Marakele National Park (Setswana for ‘place of sanctuary’), it is unlike anything we have ever seen. With spectacular landscapes and iconic wildlife, this place holds its own among South Africa’s greatest reserves.

Within this vast wilderness, Marataba Safari Lodge is one of just two lodges offering small group, exclusive safaris. For a one-on-one, private African safari, you truly don’t get better than this.

Guests, for who luxury is being in the tranquillity of the bush, will appreciate glamping in one of Marataba Safari Lodge’s 15 Tented Suites that bring them closer to nature – without trading comfort for the experience. Lucky guests may spot the wildlife right from their decks!

These stone and canvas accommodation may look down to earth though are anything but basic, with all the modern amenities. Of them, four Family Suites give children their own en-suite bedrooms (and parents their own space) kitted out just for them, while the lodge ensures they have the best time on safari with the Mack & Madi Kids’ Adventure Safari Club experience.

Safari Lodge is one of only two camps in Marataba South Africa – a 23 000ha private section of the malaria-free Marakele National Park. Lesser known to visitors, it is one of South Africa’s most spectacularly beautiful places. All of the Big Five, with the rare and endangered black rhino, can be seen here, along with flourishing birdlife, including the world’s largest colony of endangered Cape vultures. The lodge takes guests in on exclusive safaris – enjoy twice-daily game drives, after-breakfast bush walks, specialist Marataba Trails, and cruise into the late afternoon with a sundowner Miss Mara Water Safari.

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  • The Marataba private concession covers 23 000 hectare in the heart of Limpopo’s Marakele National Park in South Africa.
  • Big 5 private concession
  • Malaria free
  • Luxury accommodation on fully inclusive
Marataba Safari Lodge Overview

Located within the malaria-free Marakele National Park in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, Marataba Safari Lodge is constructed from canvas, wood and packed stone – almost like a modern African ruin. Visit Marataba, a 23 000 hectare private concession in the shadow of the Waterberg Mountains, to enjoy a safari in a lush bush landscape, that hosts the Big Five and boasts incredible vistas. This luxurious game lodge, beside a river, shows concern for the natural environment. The flowing of water features, use of glass and natural materials in a contemporary design, really work. Situated in Thabazimbi, Marataba is easily accessible from Johannesburg, therefore, an attractive safari holiday.
The Marakele Parks Ltd Reserve is part of the National Park, an unfenced biosphere reserve brimming with untouched wilderness, excellent game viewing and unmatched bird watching.
Accommodation at Marataba Safari Lodge is in keeping with these beautiful surrounds: picture 15 captivating tented suites with stone packed walls, king size beds, air-conditioning, designer toiletries and views to die for. Large free standing bathtubs and indoor and outdoor showers add to the luxury. Absorb the stunning scenery from the private deck and enjoy the sumptuous decor, reminiscent of somewhere special in north Africa or beyond.
Attention to detail is evident in the earthy colours, the cool swimming pool and deck, the unique architecture of the comfy lounge with its snug fireplace and hammocks swinging from the trees outside. Eat delicious meals under the huge tree, or on the sunny deck; enjoy a bush picnic beside the river or a fancy dinner under the stars.

  • 15 X Canvas and Stone Tented Suites
  • Hairdryer
  • Personal in-room safe
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Deluxe body products
  • International adaptors
  • Umbrellas
  • Complimentary sherry in the room
  • Laundry & pressing services
From $884



  • Wildlife activities
  • Bird watching
  • Big 5
  • Star gazing
  • Guided walks


  • Wildlife activities
  • Bird watching
  • Big 5
  • Star gazing
  • Guided walks

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